The Dodgers begin their house of horrors that is interleague baseball in an American League park tonight, opening a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Both teams are at 20-25 on the season, but have taken different paths to get there. Chicago started 7-4, then fell into a horrendous 4-18 stretch to fall to 11-21. The White Sox are hot now, however, winners of their last three games and nine of their last 12.
Ted Lilly in his career has a 5.16 ERA in 11 starts against the White Sox, though he does have a 6-2 record. However, the bulk of those starts came during Lilly's time in the American League. Since the beginning of 2009, Lilly has faced the White Sox just once, last June 13, when he threw eight scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and one walk.
Matt Kemp is tonight's designated hitter, the first time Kemp has served as DH in his career. Tony Gwynn becomes the first Dodger to start in center field other than Kemp this season. Kemp has played 396 2/3 of a possible 400 2/3 innings in center field this season.
Aaron Miles is sitting for the second straight day with a soreness, somewhere, per Tony Jackson of ESPN LA. Juan Uribe moves over to second base (for the first time since April 22), with Russ Mitchell getting the start at third base. Miles sitting prompted a great tweet from Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness:
We've reached the point where people are complaining to TJackson (@dodgerscribe) that AMiles is sitting. Maybe the rapture really is coming.
- Paul Konerko is 6-for-24 with a double and three home runs in his career against Lilly, with a Sorianoan line of .250/.269/.667
- Konerko has four home runs this month (and 10 on the season), and is hitting .345/.423/.586 in May
- Phillip Humber has never faced the Dodgers in his career, and has only faced three current members of the team: Dioner Navarro is 0-for-2, and both Juan Castro and Rod Barajas are 0-for-1
- Per the Dodgers game notes, Aaron Miles' .356 batting average (90-for-253) in interleague play is the second-highest with a minimum of 250 at-bats, behind only Dustin Pedroia's .364 mark. Miles is hitting .356/.379/.435 in his career in interleague play.
Andre Ethier is 0-for-21 with three walks in his last six games
Game Time: 5:10 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket